Adela S. Baer (1931-)
Papers 1885, 1896, 1898, 1925-1926, 1930
Manuscript Collection OA-1, 3.5 linear feet
Baer continued to observe Orang Asli as a short-term visitor for a decade and then made contact and began working with Malaysian colleagues working on the same issues, research that has continued through today. She has also worked in East Malaysia, particularly in 1999-2000, and has provided comparative health information on Orang Asli vs. Sarawakian rural ethnic groups. Between 1997 and 2001 she was a co-coordinator (with Kirk Endicott of Dartmouth) of the Orang Asli Assistance Fund (which was under the umbrella of Cultural Survival of Cambridge MA). Baer visited Sarawak, Malaysia under a Fullbright scholarship in 2001. She belongs to the following associations: Sigma Xi, the American Society of Human Genetics, the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association and is a fellow of the Borneo Research Council.
Scope and Content Note:
Three documents authored by ASB are viewable in a digital format on-line. Two works, A Temuan-English-Malay Lexicon and A Temuan Syntax, were developed for use by the Temuan and the general public but not according to current linguistic standards. The Index of Locations or Place Names Relevant to Orang Asli History in Malaysia indexes place names mentioned in the 1906 work, Pagan Races of the Malay Peninsula, by W. Skeat and C. Blagden. Hooper publications (Series 6, Subseries B, folder 1) were collected as a result of work that took place at the Hooper Foundation during and subsequent to ASB's sabbatical in 1971-72.
The works of other professional colleagues are found in Series 6 (Subseries A and C). A number of these works are annotated by ASB (as noted in their folder titles) and document her professional contributions to the field of Orang Asli studies. Some folders include related correspondence with authors and other parties.
The majority of photographs (Series 4) include detailed captions with the following abbreviations: bt.= binte=daughter of; b = bin = son of; s/o is son of; h/o is husband of; laki = husband of. The sound recordings include Temuan ballads and a recording of the story Mamah Bungsu Gunong Tujoh (Series 4). A translation of the story can be found in the collection (Series 2, folders 4-6). A collection of published books and journals were donated along with the archival records and have been cataloged separately from the rest of the collection. They are housed in the Orang Asli Archive and are included in this list of Published Materials in the Archive.
Adela S. Baer (1931-)
Series 1: Field Records
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